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General Relief and Auxiliary Grants

Click here to apply online at the Virginia Commonhelp website

General Relief is a short term assistance program to help with specific emergency situations.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The applicant must have an emergency need.
  2. This emergency need must have resulted from a change in circumstances beyond the applicant's control
  3. The applicant must be a resident of Fauquier County.
  4. The applicant must be a citizen or an eligible alien.
  5. Must apply for all other available benefits.
  6. The applicant can request a telephone interview(except with an unclaimed burial application).

For Income information, please call the Department of Social Services at 540-422-8400.

Emergency Shelter Needs:

  1. Rent - up to $500.00 for one month in a 12 month period (NO DEPOSITS).
  2. Utility - up to $500.00 for one month in a 12 month period (NO DEPOSITS).
  3. Total Shelter - all shelter needs may not exceed $500.00 in one month in a 12 month period.



Assistance for the Unattached Child: (GR Type 45) Help is provided only to those children who would be eligible for TANF except that they did not meet the TANF relationship requirements with the current caretaker.

Application Basics

To file: Applicant completes an Application form.
The eligibility worker must substantiate income, resources, and eligibility determination for the appropriate GR type.

Auxiliary Grants (AG)

AG is a financial assistance supplement for recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and certain other aged, blind or disabled individuals who are residing in a licensed Assisted Living Facility (ALF) or in an Adult Foster Care (AFC) home approved by Social Services.

  1. Categorical relationship
    1. Aged - over 65
    2. Blind
    3. Permanently and totaled disabled (18-64)
  2. Residency - must reside in Fauquier County or been placed as private pay in state licensed home for adults (and has expended all resources).
  3. Citizenship - must be a citizen or alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise permanently residing in the U.S. under color of law.
  4. There must be a need (no other alternative living arrangements).
  5. Must be eligible for SSI or have applied for and been denied because of excess income above SSI level.
  6. Must be residing in a state licensed home for adults.
  7. The ongoing approved rate for Home for Adults is $1388.00 and $82.00 personal allowance for each recipient.
  8. All income is applied to total cost. If recipient receives a combination of any two incomes (SSA & SSI), SSI & VA) they are given an extra $20.00 for personal allowance.
  9. Resources - one person $2,000.


Date Last Modified: 05/13/2014


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